“Advice” is uncountable
One of the most common mistakes made by Dutch lawyers is to forget that the noun “advice” is uncountable. This means that “
advices” and “ an advice” are always wrong.
Reframe it as uncountable. Refer to “our advice” or “the advice”.
You could also express adviezen as “letters of advice” or “advice letters”. Rather than using “
an advice”, use “a letter of advice” or “advice letter”.
You could reword adviezen as a verb like this: “we have advised you several times on this matter”.
Spelling: we advise, our advice
The verb (werkwoord) is spelled with an “s”.
We can advise you only on matters relating to Dutch law.
The noun (zelfstandig naamwoord) is spelled with a “c”.
Our advice is restricted to matters relating to Dutch law.
Greg Korbee (Originally published in December 2013. Republished in December 2018.)